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    Humor and the bible have not always walked hand-in-hand throughout the ages. Some have held that to hold scripture in anything but the utmost seriousness is to be disrespectful to the one who inspired it. I am not one who holds to this view; in fact, I think that many bible verses were intended to inspire laughter! To deny this facet of scripture is to deny a God-intended element and makes us lose part of the picture of His word.

    What I’d like to do with this thread is to show verses that you think were intended to be funny. Not stories about funny interpretations of scripture, or how scripture was taken out of context in funny ways, but where the scripture itself was meant to be so. Any style of humor is ok.

    I’ll start out with a few.

    Bill Cosby tells the story about how his 2-year-old daughter built a ladder of items to climb up to the cookie jar. He walks into the room just as she grabs the cookie, at which she turns around and says, “I got a cookie for you!” Being caught unexpectedly while wrongdoing can cause us to utter the most ridiculous, badly-thought-out excuses, and it certainly happened to Aaron when Moses caught the Israelites dancing around the golden calf:

    Exodus 32:22-24
    "Do not be angry, my lord," Aaron answered. "You know how prone these people are to evil. They said to me, 'Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don't know what has happened to him.' So I told them, 'Whoever has any gold jewelry, take it off.' Then they gave me the gold, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf!"

    I can hear Moses’ reaction (echoing Bill Cosby doing Noah)…RIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!

    The scriptures also use sarcasm quite well. Sarcasm can be used in ungodly ways, to put down and insult others, but it can be a quite effective tool to shrink a big head. Consider Job, after being chastised by Zophar the Naamathite:

    Job 13:5
    If only you would be altogether silent! For you, that would be wisdom.

    Ouch! Of course, Job gets his later in the book, from the Almighty Himself! After challenging Job with his insignificance, God gets in this barb:

    Job 38:21
    Surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years!

    Point taken.

    The scriptures also aren’t beyond some slapstick. Luke could have documented the events of Peter’s miraculous release from prison in a simple fashion, but he shows the excitement of the house of Mary (and perhaps has a little fun at their expense) by documenting it as follows:

    When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, "Peter is at the door!"
    "You're out of your mind," they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, "It must be his angel."
    But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.


    The image of the household arguing behind the closed door about if it’s Peter or not, while Peter stands outside knocking, is priceless.

    Jesus Himself could be very funny. His favorite mechanism was exaggeration, as shown by these verses:

    Matthew 7:3-5
    “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

    Matthew 7:9-10
    Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

    Biblical characters are not even above “trash talk”, as Elijah shows as the priests of Baal try to light a fire to meet his challenge:

    1 Kings 18: 27
    At noon Elijah began to taunt them. "Shout louder!" he said. "Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened."

    …and if the taunting wasn’t enough, a few verses later you see him dumping water on his own altar to make his task appear even more difficult. In this case, it was not good enough to just beat his opponents – he needed to crush them, and he needed to make them (and the rest of the audience) know that the conclusion was never in doubt in his mind.

    Finally – this is the scripture that inspired this thread. As a testament to my weird sense of humor, this is one of my favorite verses in the bible – because I think it illustrates better than any other the sheer joy that God takes in His people’s sense of humor. It makes me laugh out loud every time I read it.

    Most of us have watched action movies - the James Bond series, or the Schwarzenegger flicks of the 80’s and 90’s – where the action hero delivers a humorous one-liner before or after dispatching an enemy. The original action hero was Sampson; he not only dispatched his enemies in what would be embarrassing ways (a jawbone, torches tied between foxes), but despite his lack of wisdom he did have a knack for a turn of phrase. Just imagine Arnold giving this line before dispatching 30 men:

    Judges 14: 18b
    "If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle."

    Absolutely beautiful.

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    These are great.

    This has always brought a smile..........




    Originally posted by crawfish View Post
    Luke could have documented the events of Peter’s miraculous release from prison in a simple fashion, but he shows the excitement of the house of Mary (and perhaps has a little fun at their expense) by documenting it as follows:

    When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, "Peter is at the door!"
    "You're out of your mind," they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, "It must be his angel."
    But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.


    The image of the household arguing behind the closed door about if it’s Peter or not, while Peter stands outside knocking, is priceless.

    I can picture Peter with a smile on his face as he continues to knock on the door. It has made me laugh thinking about it.

    I have also found this humorous...

    John 9:24 So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, "Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner." 25 He answered and said, "Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see." 26 Then they said to him again, "What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?" 27 He answered them, "I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?"

    I can picture his face as he is telling them this. Kind of mocking them.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Debra R View Post
      These are great.

      This has always brought a smile..........






      I can picture Peter with a smile on his face as he continues to knock on the door. It has made me laugh thinking about it.

      I have also found this humorous...

      John 9:24 So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, "Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner." 25 He answered and said, "Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see." 26 Then they said to him again, "What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?" 27 He answered them, "I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?"

      I can picture his face as he is telling them this. Kind of mocking them.
      Yes, isn't it funny how the self righteous tend to lack humor?
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      • #4
        I've always found Jonah funny:

        He's done all his running, finally given in, delivered the message to Nineveh even though he didn't want to, and is horrified that they repented. He actually moans to God about God being gracious and compassionate, and heads outside the city to sulk under a shelter. While he's still getting his head together, the vine dies - Jonah 4:9.

        But God said to Jonah, "Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?"
        "I do," he said. "I am angry enough to die."

        Classic - like a 2-year-old throwing a temper tantrum. "It's not fair."

        The other bit I love is in Acts 9. Paul has come in like a whirlwind and upset all and sundry with his passion in Jerusalem. Eventually the Grecian Jews try to kill him and the other Christians intervene:

        29He talked and debated with the Grecian Jews, but they tried to kill him. 30When the brothers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus. 31Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace.

        I bet it did; Paul in his youthful enthusiasm was no longer causing such ructions.

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        • #5
          crawfish
          Judges 14: 18b
          "If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle."

          My under standing is that the term "plowed with my heifer" was an ancient euphamism which equates to the modern "f" word.

          Also, I like this one:
          1 Kings 12:10b: "
          My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins." I can see some teenaged guys saying that to each other when teasing each other as boys and guys are want to do.
          “What Scripture doth plainly deliver, to that first place both of credit and obedience is due; the next whereunto is whatsoever any man can necessarily conclude by force of reason; after these the voice of the Church succeedeth. That which the Church by her ecclesiastical authority shall probably think and define to be true or good, must in congruity of reason over-rule all other inferior judgments whatsoever” ( Laws, Book V, 8:2; Folger Edition 2:39,8-14).

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          • #6
            Originally posted by seamus414 View Post
            crawfish
            Judges 14: 18b
            "If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle."

            My under standing is that the term "plowed with my heifer" was an ancient euphamism which equates to the modern "f" word.

            Also, I like this one:
            1 Kings 12:10b: "My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins." I can see some teenaged guys saying that to each other when teasing each other as boys and guys are want to do.

            I noticed the 1 Kings reference the other day. That is a fairly bold statement.

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            • #7
              I love the hilarious account of Ezekiel and the prophets of Baal. I laugh every time in the way he taunted them.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Emanate View Post
                I noticed the 1 Kings reference the other day. That is a fairly bold statement.
                Bold? I sort of envisioned the scene as a bunch of young guys (late teens or early twenties) being rather stupidly macho (as guys of that agre have a tendancy to be) and saying outrageous stuff typical of such stupid machoness.
                “What Scripture doth plainly deliver, to that first place both of credit and obedience is due; the next whereunto is whatsoever any man can necessarily conclude by force of reason; after these the voice of the Church succeedeth. That which the Church by her ecclesiastical authority shall probably think and define to be true or good, must in congruity of reason over-rule all other inferior judgments whatsoever” ( Laws, Book V, 8:2; Folger Edition 2:39,8-14).

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by seamus414 View Post
                  Bold? I sort of envisioned the scene as a bunch of young guys (late teens or early twenties) being rather stupidly macho (as guys of that agre have a tendancy to be) and saying outrageous stuff typical of such stupid machoness.

                  To a point. But it was made in a threatening manner regarding how the King of Judah was going to treat Israel.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by seamus414 View Post
                    Bold? I sort of envisioned the scene as a bunch of young guys (late teens or early twenties) being rather stupidly macho (as guys of that agre have a tendancy to be) and saying outrageous stuff typical of such stupid machoness.
                    Well they weren't really all that young, though immature. But the Bible tells us that Rehoboam was 41 at the time.

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                    • #11
                      chal> One of my favorites:

                      Numbers 22: 20
                      And God came to Balaam at night and said to him, If the men have come to call you, rise up, go with them and say only the thing that I speak to you; it you shall do.
                      21 And Balaam rose up in the morning and saddled his ass and went with the leaders of Moab.
                      22 And the anger of God glowed because he went. And the Angel of Jehovah set Himself in the road, as an enemy against him. And he was riding on his ass, and two of his young men with him.
                      23 And the ass saw the Angel of Jehovah standing in the road, and His sword was drawn in His hand. And the ass turned out of the road and went into a field. And Balaam struck the ass, to turn it back into the road.
                      24 And the Angel of Jehovah stood in a narrow path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side and a wall on that.
                      25 And the ass saw the Angel of Jehovah, and she pushed herself to the wall and crushed the foot of Balaam against the wall. And again he struck her.
                      26 And again the Angel of Jehovah passed on and stood in a narrow place, where there was no way to turn, either to the right or to the left.
                      27 And the ass saw the Angel of Jehovah, and she lay down under Balaam. And the anger of Balaam glowed, and he struck the ass with his staff.
                      28 And Jehovah opened the mouth of the ass, and she said to Balaam, What have I done to you that you have struck me these three times?
                      29 And Balaam said to the ass, Because you have insulted Me. if only there were a sword in my hand now I would kill you.
                      30 And the ass said to Balaam, Am I not your ass on which you have ridden all your life long to this day? Was I ever known to do so to you? And he said, No.
                      31 And Jehovah opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the Angel of Jehovah standing in the road with His sword drawn in His hand. And he bowed and fell on his face.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bethany67 View Post
                        I've always found Jonah funny:

                        He's done all his running, finally given in, delivered the message to Nineveh even though he didn't want to, and is horrified that they repented. He actually moans to God about God being gracious and compassionate, and heads outside the city to sulk under a shelter. While he's still getting his head together, the vine dies - Jonah 4:9.

                        But God said to Jonah, "Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?"
                        "I do," he said. "I am angry enough to die."

                        Classic - like a 2-year-old throwing a temper tantrum. "It's not fair."
                        Good call!

                        Jonah is rife with satire. It starts off by his being sent to Ninevah - the capital city of Israel's enemies, to save them. That's pretty much like God sending an American into an Al Queda training camp. But Jonah, who should know very well that you can't hide from God, turns and runs...and ends up on a ship sailing in the opposite direction.

                        If you understand that the sailors of the time were very much like the pirates of yesteryear - not a very moral crowd - then the next sequence becomes amazing. These men, of slight morals and worshiping pagan gods, do EVERYTHING in their power to save Jonah. Even when Jonah says that he is responsible for the storm, and tells them to throw him into the sea, they STILL try to find another method, and ask him to pray for forgiveness when they finally do. Note that everybody in this story desires to do God's will - EXCEPT the prophet of God himself!

                        The image of Jonah being spit out on the shore, covered in fish vomit and saliva, stomping towards Ninevah, is an image that always goes through my head when I read the story.

                        And finally, as you mention, when the city turns its hearts towards God and repents of its sins, Jonah is mad, and sulks. Like many dark comedies of our day, the story ends on an ironic note: the hero of the story, the man who God used to save an entire city, sits angry and miserable in the face of the good work he has just done.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by seamus414 View Post
                          Bold? I sort of envisioned the scene as a bunch of young guys (late teens or early twenties) being rather stupidly macho (as guys of that agre have a tendancy to be) and saying outrageous stuff typical of such stupid machoness.
                          He's essentially claiming that he is more of a man than his father.

                          More "man" than David, in the traditional sense, is not something most of us could brag of.

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                          • #14
                            To my dear pastor sort of friends:

                            Acts 20
                            7On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. 8There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. 9Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. 10Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. "Don't be alarmed," he said. "He's alive!" 11Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. 12The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.

                            I can just see Peter panicking - oh geeze, I killed him. Quick! Check his pulse - wait - wait - *phfew* - close one! He's okay folks!
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                            Not second or third, but first.
                            Only when all else pales to God, when He receives all glory,
                            when He is the source of all hope,
                            when His love is received and freely given,
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                            • #15
                              Matthew 19:24.

                              "Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

                              Classic! It makes me laugh every time. As Ken Davis, my favourite Christian comedian pointed out....(paraphrasing here... "there is some SERIOUS visual imagery going on here! What part of the camel would you put through first? The tail? That'd be one STRUNG OUT camel! And then people say 'well ACTUALLY, the eye of the needle was this little hole in the wall the camel had to kneel down in front of before he could get through and someone would take the items he was carrying off his back...' Does it make it ANY LESS FUNNY?" *davis uses this deep gruff voice* "Get down..... kneel before the hole..... take the stuff off..."

                              I love that.
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